This home was built by a free black man in 1851. Although most blacks were slaves during this time in history, there were some who not only were free men, but success and wealthy. Yet, although free, they still had few rights in society.
We were there during the floods. The worst of the flooding is still almost 10 days away, yet streets are already underwater.
Down under the hill, along the waterfront, they have started sandbagging, anticipating the rising waters. The casino was already closed for business.
But the Under the Hill Bar was still open. This bar has been around for over 150 years.
Pictures on the wall tell of the history of the waterfront bar, which was located along the docks where the cotton was loaded and unloaded over 100 years ago.
Across the river you can see only a little of the rooftop of some building. Remember, the worst of the flooding is still 10 days away.
The house, aptly named Eidelweiss, was built in 1875. It was empty and looks as if it is being remodeled.
This is Rosalie, built by a saw mill owner in 1823. For $15 you can take a tour of the home. Even though this home is quite old, Natchez itself, was founded by the Spanish in 1716, so by the time this home was built, the town was already over 100 years old.
I loved the way these hedges were cut in the back yard of one of the antebellum homes. I must really like it because I went back to 2003, the first time I was in Natchez, and found I photographed the same backyard. Only difference was the statue which has been added.
We took the walking tour through downtown Natchez. Some homes were built as early as 1770s, and some as late as the 1880s. Most are private residences today.
This is Melrose, another antebellum home built in the 1840s, is owned and managed by the National Park Service. You can tour this home and get a great history lesson for only a few dollars. Many of the furnishings are original to the home. It remained in one family for over 100 years.